Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Catch up !


Thought I'd best squeeze in a post before you all desert me - lol ! Oh for a few more hours in the day. So what have I been doing ? Let's cast my mind back.

I finished this


I've shown this before when I thought it was finished. BUT it would not lie flat and I decided it needed some hand quilting. I traced a leaf shape in each triangle ( not the flying geese ) and hand quilted it with a dark green thread. It is now as flat as a pancake and I have actually got out my drill and hung it in our bedroom. Cheers up a dull day a treat and all from scraps. Talking of scraps I am working my way through this




This is a huge laundry basket and the plan is to cut all of these into ready-to-go pieces. So far I've started cutting squares in 3 different sizes and a few 2 inch strips as well. I have bought a load of really useful boxes and am trying to get organised. Takes forever though but will be worth it in the end.


My favourite fabric warehouse - Abakhan fabrics had a sale evening with free mince pies and wine and it seemed rude not to go - lol ! I don't drink wine but did manage a little shopping.




About 20 yards here and so cheap !


And the really big news for this post is that I have finished my first stitchery quilt.










Now I went about this a little differently than the pattern suggested and so it was a bit trickier putting it all together but I managed it with only a bit of ripping. Ithink Iam in love with this. I aimed for an old-fashioned look with lovely dark country colours. Need to get my drill out again and hang some hooks. I first saw this on Belvies blog a while back and just had to get the pattern. Brilliant fun. The pattern is by Bareroots and I am dropping hints to Santa for more of their patterns. I did not follow the border ideas as the pattern suggested either.


I have so much I want to be doing and instead I am plugging away hand-quilting the 15 year old sampler quilt that I was talked into finishing. Not fun but I have decided it is not going to be starting the New Year in my house and I want it done and GONE.


Going to catch up a few blogs now. I have a bad cough and am hacking away like an old donkey - I am driving my family mad. Annoying thing is now I'm getting older I have to cross my legs when I cough - lol ! Too much information ?

See you all soon.





35 comments:

Margaret aka Supermom said...

Hi...Wanted to be sure you were aware that I have another round of the 4 Seasons Quilt Swap in the signup process. It won't start until after the new year. More info is at www.fourseasonsquiltswap.blogsopt.com

Margaret

Jackie said...

I just love the first quilt really cheery! Wonderful yardage of fabrics to fondle. I went over to the website for really useful products. Great and I just love the name. The stitchery is fabulous and you did a terrific job. It is a really nice one to hang. I hope Santa picks up on your hints!

Kieny The Dutchlady said...

I love both your quilts. The first one is a great pattern and I absolutely love the colours! The stitchery quilt is very cozy and the colours of the fabric go so well together with the stitchery.

soyee said...

very nice stitcheries. santa is bound to pick up some hints...

Rhonda said...

Oh my, you have been very busy. I love your bright and cheery quilt. And the stitchery little quilt is precious.
Take care of yourself.

sewkalico said...

Definitely too much information! But cute quilts LOL

swooze said...

Great quilt. You did a wonderful job!

Marie said...

Hi you are doing so well finishing up, I need to do that too!!Love your stitchery quilt. Blessings and hugs, Marie

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh Andrea! I LOVE that first quilt, and your stitchery is AWESOME! It turned out wonderful! I have a large stitchery coming for a xmas present - I can't wait to start it!

Guðrún said...

I hope your cough will disappear... Your stitchery quilt is GORGEOUS and your flying geese quilt is beautiful. You have been busy and productive. Do you think that Santa reads blogs?

Fiona said...

Just love the flying geese quilt - I remember it from when you showed it before so it's nice to see it again!

Angelcat said...

Those fabrics you bought are wonderful, love the b&w print at the end That stitchery quilt is gorgeous!!!

Lorraine said...

Well done on the finishes! Love the stitchery quilt but then if you read my blog you will know I am addicted to stitcheries!! Hope you finish the 15 year old soon....and that the recipient appreciates all the time you have put into it.....I would have gone to the fabric sale too.....like you I don't drink wine (and I live in a wine producing region!)but it would have been rude not to go when you are invited...and the mince pies would have done it for me....

loulee1 said...

Wow, beautiful finishes, especially the stitchery.

Hope you feel better soon.

Teresa said...

Wow! Lovely quilt Andrea! I really like the applique border with those flying geeses.

The stitchery quilt is lovely too

You have been busy

Carolyn said...

I'm impressed, you've gotten so much accomplished! I love the geese...and the stitchery. Both are gorgeous quilts. Don't finishes feel wonderful?

Sheila in Ohio said...

LOL I sure needed that last laugh today! (High 5!) Lovely quilts as well.

Libby said...

Free food and wine at a fabric stoer??? It would be quite wrong not to go! That is a cute stitchery pattern and you did a good job with it.

billiemick said...

I love both quilts. Your work is wonderful!

Billie

Teresa said...

Just love that stitchery quilt - you did a terrific job.

Floss said...

Love the stichery quilt, I will keep working on my bunnies as that will be my first too, but I think it will take a bit longer. I also looked at doing the pattern you did, may still have to down the road.

quiltygal said...

fantastic quilts isn't it great when you get to put them up on the wall ...sorry to hear about your cough...I'm fine with coughing ..now sneezings another matter !!!!

vtquilter said...

Beautiful quilts! I am amazed at how much you get done. Good luck on getting the hand quilting done this year. Hope you feel better soon, take a break with a bit of tea!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Beautiful stitchery quilt...you've done a great job.

Ali Honey said...

I really admire your bright colourful quilt - bet it looks lovely on your wall.

I have never done a stitchery quilt...so maybe I should?

The scrap cutting is time consuming but well worth while, later, when it is all neat and ready to go.

I empathise with the coughing scenario - get rid of that cough really soon.

Made by Andrea said...

I adore the stitchery quilt. Its setting is just perfect. Well done. I have your blog on my blog as a link, becuase I really like what you do. Cheers! Andrea

Patti said...

Oh my Andrea - can I relate! And sometimes I can't cross my legs fast enough! Just wait until you can't get up from bed fast enough - too much info, right?

Cutting and sorting the scraps is a giant pain - take it from one who spent an entire year doing it and then called it quits and gave away the rest of the scraps. It's so marvelous to have all those cut shapes when I need something fast. And so much fun to "design" from them ala Bonnie and Finn. Good for you getting this done! You will just love it when it is finished. Love, love, love all your quilts - you have accomplished a lot! I too have been collecting Bare Roots patterns, though I've not yet started one. Have to finish more UFO's first!

~Bren~ said...

Crossing your legs when coughing or sneezing is a sure sign of getting older...or just having more than one child. LOL

Love your finishes. I am wanting to start the New Year with some finished projects too.

meggie said...

I love your bright flying geese there!! How lovely to greet your days.
I also love your stitchery quilt, with the lovely chequerboard edgings.
All of your work is outstanding.

Idaho Quilter said...

Getting organized? Does it ever end? I always enjoy your posts, sorry you are under the weather.
Have a Merry Christmas.

Chocolate Cat said...

I agree, it would of been rude of you not to go to the shopping evening!!!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Lovely quilt ...your stitchery quilt is just gorgeous, I just love Bareroot patterns...

black bear cabin said...

The first quilt is great...and i love your addition of the leaves! very colorful and playful! But your stitchery quilt is AWESOME!!!!! I may have to order a few things from that site too :) Love all the work you are doing...you are definitely keeping busy.
Try lots of honey and lemon in your tea...that will be good for the cough!
And drink it with your legs crossed...just in case ;)
cheers!~

Karen Dianne Lee said...

I've been back and forth so many times but ohhhh so bad about leaving a comment! No points for that.

Your stitchery is amazing. The border is my favorite. Really sets it off and you know, know, know I love those dark country colours.

The flying geese are on my mind ~ always. Yes, these flying geese. You did something amazing here for sure.

Your blog is such great eye candy. With much appreciation for all you share, *karendianne.

Karen said...

Your stitchery quilt is wonderful! Very well done.
I had to laugh at crossing your legs when you cough. I have had the same problem. Part of getting older, I guess.